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Poster: Mark Seifert Date: Nov 19, 2018 8:10pm
Forum: texts Subject: Scanning / file prep tips?

Hi there -- I'm a serious collector of 19th century story papers, dime novels, nickel weeklies, illustrated newspapers, etc, and have thousands and perhaps up to 20k+ pre-WWI periodical publications which are not available on the internet in any form, likely to be much more than that over the coming years, and I've reached the point where I'd like to start showing people that there's a very substantial body of American periodical fiction that is virtually unknown and perhaps only a dozen or so people in the country understand what exists and the scope of it.

I have a better quality collection in this area of focus than all but a handful of institutional collections (namely NIU and U Minn Hess collection, maybe a couple others).

I'm a fairly private person and really not prepared to give other people access to my collection at this point, but started scanning stuff recently and holy wow is this gonna take the rest of my natural life.

So, for starters I'm looking for tips on equipment. I've looked at and asked around about your Scribe system, and looks nice but I understand it's fairly pricey.

Anybody out there know of similar options? Obviously, I have concerns about handling extremely fragile material as well.